Housing Partners with UNC School of Social Work
UNC-Chapel Hill graduate student Alex Lombardi had an aha moment shortly after she began working as an intern for the Housing Department.
Public housing neighborhoods in Chapel Hill are surrounded by student housing. But the communities and residents don’t really mix.
“In Chapel Hill, public housing is so well integrated, that many students are unaware,” she said. “When you’re a student you’re in a sort of bubble.”
Now Lombardi wants to get to know her neighbors – and it’s because of where she works. She is the first student from UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Social Work in a new field instruction course based at the Town of Chapel Hill Housing Department.
Project Announcement: Chapel Hill Tire Mini Park
A mini park is coming in August to a public space in front of Chapel Hill Tire at 502 W. Franklin St. – near the northwest corner of W. Franklin and Roberson streets.
Activating the public space is an experiment led by the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership and the Town of Chapel Hill with assistance from Chapel Hill Tire. Pocket parks are among the new ideas in the Town’s Downtown 2020 Work Plan to enhance visitor experiences and add green spaces in downtown.
The tiny park – about 20 by 70 feet – will include seating, bike racks and seasonal planters. Three bike racks will be installed in a corral in the street between the existing parking space and the curb; recycled tire planters will create a visual barrier between the seating area and the street; and sets of curved benches will fill the interior of the space. Summer campers from the Hargraves Center are painting many of the tires for the park.
The opportunity to create the mini park arose when the space opened up after last fall’s removal of a challenged street tree. The mini park is an experiment to determine whether the amenities are what people will use and enjoy.
Chapel Hill residents and visitors are invited to stop by and visit the mini park – and submit their input to email@example.com.